Thai AirAsia
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded12 November 2003; 20 years ago (2003-11-12)
Commenced operations4 February 2004; 20 years ago (2004-02-04)
AOC #AOC.0002[1]
Operating bases
Frequent-flyer programBIG Loyalty Programme[2]
Fleet size53
Parent companyAsia Aviation Public Company Limited[3]
Traded asSETAAV
Key peopleSantisuk Klongchaiya (CEO)[4]
RevenueDecrease THB 2.15 billion (2021)[5]
Net incomeDecrease THB −6.65 billion (2021)[5]

Thai AirAsia (SETAAV, Thai: ไทยแอร์เอเชีย) is a Thai low-cost airline. It is a joint venture of the Malaysian AirAsia (Thai: แอร์เอเชีย) and Thailand's Asia Aviation. It serves AirAsia's regularly scheduled domestic and international flights from Bangkok and other cities in Thailand.


On 12 November 2003, AirAsia partnered with Shin Corporation to establish AirAsia Aviation Co. Ltd. (Thai AirAsia). It launched operations in February 2004 by launching flights from Bangkok–Don Mueang to Hat Yai, Phuket, and Chiang Mai.[6]

On 15 February 2006, it was announced that Asia Aviation PLC (AAV), a registered Thai company,[7] had taken Shin Corporation's 50 percent stake in Thai AirAsia. Asia Aviation was a joint venture set up by Shin Corporation, which held 49 percent of Asia Aviation's shares while 51 percent was held by Thai investor Sittichai Veerathammanoon.[8]

In May 2007, Thai AirAsia's management acquired 100 percent of Asia Aviation. Thai AirAsia is 55 percent owned by Asia Aviation and 45 percent owned by Malaysia-based AirAsia Group. In June 2016 King Power purchased a US$225 million stake in Thai AirAsia. The purchase of 39 percent of holding company Asia Aviation makes King Power the second largest shareholder in Thai AirAsia.[9][10] It sold back its shares to Asia Aviation a year later.[11]

Thai AirAsia was once the only low-cost airline operating both domestic and international flights from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, having moved there in 2007 from Don Mueang International Airport.[12] However, the airline transferred all operations from Suvarnabhumi to Don Mueang on 1 October 2012.[13] On 25 September 2020, Thai AirAsia resumed flights from Suvarnabhumi Airport.[14]


Main article: List of AirAsia Group destinations

As of September 2023, Thai AirAsia operates or has operated to the following destinations:

Country City Airport Notes Refs
Bangladesh Dhaka Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport
Cambodia Phnom Penh Phnom Penh International Airport
Siem Reap Siem Reap International Airport Airport Closed
Siem Reap–Angkor International Airport
Sihanoukville Sihanouk International Airport Suspended
China Beijing Beijing Daxing International Airport
Changsha Changsha Huanghua International Airport
Chengdu Chengdu Tianfu International Airport
Chongqing Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport
Guangzhou Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Haikou Haikou Meilan International Airport Terminated
Hangzhou Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
Kunming Kunming Changshui International Airport
Meixian Meixian Airport Terminated
Nanchang Nanchang Changbei International Airport
Nanjing Nanjing Lukou International Airport
Nanning Nanning Wuxu International Airport Terminated
Ningbo Ningbo Lishe International Airport Seasonal
Sanya Sanya Phoenix International Airport
Shantou Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport
Shenzhen Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport
Wenzhou Wenzhou Longwan International Airport Terminated
Wuhan Wuhan Tianhe International Airport
Xiamen Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport Terminated
Xi'an Xi'an Xianyang International Airport
Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport
India Ahmedabad Ahmedabad Airport [15]
Bengaluru Kempegowda International Airport
Bhubaneswar Biju Patnaik Airport Terminated
Chennai Chennai International Airport
Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminated
Gaya Gaya Airport Seasonal
Guwahati Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport [16]
Jaipur Jaipur International Airport
Kochi Cochin International Airport
Kolkata Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport
Lucknow Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport
Tiruchirappalli Tiruchirappalli International Airport Terminated
Varanasi Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport Terminated
Visakhapatnam Visakhapatnam Airport begins 09 April 2024 [17]
Indonesia Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport
Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta International Airport
Japan Fukuoka Fukuoka Airport
Laos Luang Prabang Luang Prabang International Airport
Vientiane Wattay International Airport
Macau Macau Macau International Airport
Malaysia Johor Bahru Senai International Airport
Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu International Airport Terminated
Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Penang Penang International Airport
Maldives Malé Velana International Airport
Philippines Cebu Mactan–Cebu International Airport Terminated
Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport
Singapore Singapore Changi Airport
Sri Lanka Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport
Taiwan Taipei Taoyuan International Airport
Thailand Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport Base
Suvarnabhumi Airport Base
Buriram Buriram Airport
Chiang Mai Chiang Mai International Airport Base
Chiang Rai Chiang Rai International Airport Base
Chumphon Chumphon Airport
Hat Yai Hat Yai International Airport Base
Hua Hin Hua Hin Airport
Khon Kaen Khon Kaen Airport
Krabi Krabi International Airport Base
Loei Loei Airport
Mae Sot Mae Sot Airport Terminated
Nakhon Si Thammarat Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport
Nan Nan Airport
Narathiwat Narathiwat Airport
Pattaya U-Tapao International Airport Terminated
Phuket Phuket International Airport Base
Phitsanulok Phitsanulok Airport
Ranong Ranong Airport
Roi Et Roi Et Airport
Sakon Nakhon Sakon Nakhon Airport
Surat Thani Surat Thani Airport
Trang Trang Airport
Ubon Ratchathani Ubon Ratchathani Airport
Udon Thani Udon Thani International Airport
Vietnam Can Tho Can Tho International Airport
Da Nang Da Nang International Airport
Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport
Ho Chi Minh City Tan Son Nhat International Airport
Nha Trang Cam Ranh International Airport


An Airbus A320neo of Thai AirAsia

As of October 2023, Thai AirAsia operates the following aircraft:[18]

Thai AirAsia fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A320-200 41 5 180 [19]
Airbus A320neo 10 186
Airbus A321neo 2 8 236 [20]
Total 53 13

Former fleet

Thai AirAsia former fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Replacement Notes
Boeing 737-300 14 2004 2010 Airbus A320-200


Thai AirAsia is one of the sponsors of the Thailand national football team, Leicester City, Queens Park Rangers, the Thai Fight Muay Thai, the Thai football teams BG Pathum United, Bangkok United, Buriram United, SCG Muangthong United, Chonburi, Rajpracha, Police Tero, Chainat, Sisaket, Samut Prakan City, Rajnavy FC, Ubon United, Air Force Central, Port, Udon Thani, Krabi, Nakhon Ratchasima, Ayutthaya United, Khon Kaen, MOF CUTD, Nakhon Phanom, Loei City, Trang, Phayao, Phuket City, The referee of FAT, Coke Cup and Thailand Volleyball Association.[21]


Thai AirAsia has endorsement deals with the following:

Reliability and On-Time Performance

Thai Air Asia was recognized by Cirium as 2022's most reliable airline in Asia.[22] Thai Air Asia had an on-time performance rate of 91.56% in 2022. This is the first year it has won the top position.[23]


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  6. ^ "Key Milestones". Asia Aviation. Retrieved 8 January 2023.
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  8. ^ Sritama, Suchat (8 February 2006). "New Tie-up for AirAsia". The Nation. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  9. ^ "King Power buys 39% stake in Thai Air Asia". Straits Times. Agence France Presse, Reuters. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
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  11. ^ Moodie, Martin (27 December 2017). "King Power owners sell back 36.3% stake in Asia Aviation to airline CEO for US$252 million". The Moodie Davitt Report. Retrieved 8 January 2023.
  12. ^ Thai AirAsia To Stay At Suvarnabhumi Airport :: Archived 5 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "AirAsia confirms move to Don Mueang by Oct 1 [2012]". The Nation. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  14. ^ "AirAsia Now Flying from Suvarnabhumi Airport! Announces Four Routes to Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi and Surat Thani". 25 September 2020.
  15. ^ "Thai AirAsia to resume flights to Ahmedabad from October 10". JetArena. Retrieved 8 August 2023.
  16. ^ "Thai AirAsia to launch flights to Guwahati from December 1". AviationAll. Retrieved 13 September 2023.
  17. ^ "Thai Air Asia Plans new international flight connecting Bangkok and Visakhapatnam". The Times of India. 12 December 2023.
  18. ^ "Thai AirAsia Fleet Details and History".
  19. ^ "Tourism Increase Spurs Expansion for Thai AirAsia | Aviation Week Network".
  20. ^ "Thai AirAsia to add ten A321neo in 2019".
  21. ^ De Launey, Guy (6 February 2006). "Budget flights arrive in South-East Asia". BBC News. Retrieved 30 January 2015.[failed verification]
  22. ^ "These Were The Most Punctual Airlines And Airports In 2022". Travel and Leisure Asia | Thailand. 9 January 2023. Retrieved 12 October 2023.
  23. ^ "Cirium On-Time Performance History". Cirium. Retrieved 12 October 2023.